Posted by: Cathy | May 24, 2017

A wellness program for your creative dreams

Summer is coming, I’m sure you’ve been told by various magazines to “get your bikini body ready.” But what about your creative dreams, are you ready for them?

* Are you tired of stifling your creativity?
* Do you ache to have a healthy creative practice?
* Do you need help crafting a program to support your creativity?

We all have heard about the importance of personal health; physically, mentally, and emotionally. But how is your creativity health?

We are all creative and to be a healthy, well-rounded person, we need to attend to our creativity health along with the other aspects of personal health. With vibrant creativity health, we show up with more joy and satisfaction in every other area of our lives; work, relationships, and community.

My “Creativity Health and Wellness Program” is a 45-minute coaching session where we will:
* Set a foundation to counteract your primary creative dis-ease
* Design a 3-part creativity wellness program
* Identify symptoms of getting off track so you can keep moving forward

Your creativity is an important piece of your personal health and you deserve to live a life of creative action and play. Take steps toward creativity health and wellness and prioritize your creative time. I can help you create a routine and foundation for your creative wellness.

Register for your Creative Health and Wellness Program and get moving toward vibrant creativity health! (45 minutes of coaching for $60)

(Start with my free Creativity Health Plan session to see if I’m a good fit as your coach!)

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Posted by: Cathy | May 22, 2017

Why creativity makes you crazy

Here is a chicken/egg problem: Does creativity make us crazy, or are we creative because we’re crazy?

I will provide my own definition of “crazy,” that crazy creatives think and act differently than people in the “mainstream.” I think we can all get behind that definition.

The “mainstream” thinks were crazy. Why spend all that money on paint and canvases or musical instruments? Why spend countless hours pouring our hearts out into novels and poems and art and song?

Why not?

For us crazy creatives, being creative keeps us sane. If we don’t fly our creative freak flags, an internal part of us dies a little each day. “Mainstream” life isn’t enough for us. We need brighter colors, bolder statements, complicated harmonies. We want more out of life. “Mainstream” doesn’t give us more, so we have to make it ourselves.

Get crazy and do something creative today. You’ll feel more sane afterward. Other creatives will applaud you and be inspired. “Mainstream” people may not get it, because they can’t handle more. But as Anais Nin said, “Had I not created my whole world, I would certainly have died in other people’s.”

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Posted by: Cathy | May 17, 2017

CQ: Where can you scale back?

Creative Questions are a regular feature on my blog; basically, a journal question to get you further along in your creative pursuits or creatively tackle other goals. If journaling isn’t your thing, feel free to take the question as your focus for a meditation, a prayer, or a piece of artwork.

Following on my question from last week, What are you forcing:

* Where can you scale back?

Reevaluate your expectations when you’re feeling overwhelmed. What can you make easier or smaller or lighter? What would help you relieve some pressure on yourself? Give yourself permission to do less so you don’t get stuck or burnt out from great expectations.

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Posted by: Cathy | May 15, 2017

Creativity Dis-ease 10: Creative Envy

In my role as a creativity coach, I’ve identified 12 creativity dis-eases that get us off-track from our art. Each month, I’ll highlight one.

This month, we’re talking about “Creative Envy.” Can you relate?

You look in magazines or on blogs or on Instagram. Other people are doing great work; you wish you could be that good. You get inspired to try something, then feel deflated when it doesn’t look like the other person’s creation.

The solution is to keep you eyes on your own paper, keep doing your own work. You get to great work by showing up daily. You just need more time and practice to perfect your craft and discover your own, unique style.

Everyone’s art is different. It’s great to get inspired by something someone else created, but your work will be most successful when it comes from inside you, not outside; something true to you and from your heart. Spend more time exploring how you feel about things and expressing things you love through your art. The more you connect with your heart, the more your art will flow, and the more original and powerful it will be.

Don’t let envy stop you in your tracks. Take the inspiration and run with it to forge your own creative path!

What do you think? Have you experienced “Creative Envy”?

If you feel your creativity health is off, take my free Creativity Health Assessment quiz to identify your creativity dis-ease! Then consider signing up for my free 30-minute Creativity Health Plan coaching session to help you find a solution for your creativity dis-ease.

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Posted by: Cathy | May 10, 2017

Get Busy Mindfully

This time of year, spring cleaning and gearing up for summer fun, it seems like life clicks into high gear and there is no end to the things to do and places to go.

Consider approaching this busy time with mindfulness by doing a Time Audit and/or an Energy Budget. These two exercises can help you stay realistic with your time and energy when life gets hectic.

* A time audit is like creating a monetary budget – you have your “ideal” schedule/budget, but it may not align quite with reality. Doing the audit can help you set realistic expectations on what you can accomplish through the end of the year.

* An energy budget can help you recognize your natural energy cycle highs and lows so that you can plan events and projects to support yourself. This can help you greatly as an aspect of self-care, which can easily fall by the wayside this time of year.

Check out my free booklets on these topics on my downloads page! (They’re listed under “Self-Care”)

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Posted by: Cathy | May 8, 2017

QQ: What are you forcing?

Questing Questions are a regular feature on my blog; basically, a journal question to get you further along in your life quest. If journaling isn’t your thing, feel free to take the question as your focus for a meditation, a prayer, or a piece of artwork.

Haha, teach what you need to learn, right? I had planned this question, “What are you forcing?” weeks ago. I’ve been struggling to keep up with my own blog schedule and was procrastinating on writing this week’s entries. I opened up my file and saw “What are you forcing” and laughed at myself. I decided to scale back from three posts per week to two, and already I feel more spacious and capable.

So, What are you forcing? What are you making more difficult than it needs to be? Where can you scale back or redirect?

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Posted by: Cathy | May 4, 2017

Links Lasso April

Coach Blog 060216 links lasso I’m sharing a monthly links round-up, I call it my Links Lasso, of interesting articles and things I’ve found each month. Here are the goodies I came across in April:

(This month was a hodge-podge of topics.)

Posted by: Cathy | May 1, 2017

“Don’t negotiate your consciousness.”

One of the big take-aways I got from Barbara DeAngelis’ book, Soul Shifts, was this paraphrase:

“Don’t negotiate your consciousness. If you had a bad day, don’t choose to be unconscious. How many days can you waste? What days are you willing to give up? We don’t have days to waste.”

Consciousness is half the battle for a meaningful life. First, we need to notice where our lives aren’t meaningful; when we’re just punching a clock or phoning it in. Then we need to decide that we deserve better.

But unconsciousness creeps up on us constantly and we fall back into old habits. As soon as we notice, we are back in consciousness. Once we’re conscious, we can make a choice, and Barbara’s stance is that we should never choose unconsciousness.

Unconsciousness is inertia, it is the default state, and we don’t need to help it by ever choosing to waste our time being unconscious. Every conscious moment is a gift; consciousness can turn a gray day into technicolor. Even if you’re tired or upset, you can make a conscious choice for self-care rather than going back to unconscious soothing habits like overeating or zoning out watching television.

Eat consciously and choose delicious, fresh foods; ones that make you feel nourished and energized.

Watch television consciously and choose programs that make you feel better after watching; inspired, entertained, joyful, grateful.

In any moment, you can make a conscious choice to bring more meaning into your life. Stay conscious as much as possible, build reminders into your day to be conscious, pause for 5 seconds before making any choices so you can do it consciously.

Don’t negotiate your consciousness. Notice, choose, and turn on the technicolor.

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Posted by: Cathy | April 27, 2017

Mythology archetypes

When in doubt, ask the gods for help.

I’ve always been curious about mythology; it gives us a wealth of stories with interesting characters, and so many of the themes cross cultures, pointing to our human instinct to make sense of things.

When you’re struggling to make sense of something, like a challenge or block, try reading some myths. Look for a similar dynamic that you’re trying to overcome, or a story about a god representing attributes that would help you. We can invoke those qualities as an archetype to “step into” or meditate on to help us with our issue.

What myth seems familiar to you today?

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Posted by: Cathy | April 26, 2017

Perspiration/Inspiration

Perspiration can be a doorway to inspiration.

First off, you might be out taking a hike and suddenly get a creative idea. Your mind is relaxed in the rhythm of your steps and the fresh air, and it makes space for the ideas to pop in.

Secondly, you could be burning off stress working out and have a clearer mind later to do something creative. Stress is a huge creative blocker, and working through stress with physical exercise can improve your mental state.

Third, you could fake it ’til you make it and put in some elbow grease on a creative project until the inspiration arrives. You can show up uninspired and make a little progress, then the muse will meet you halfway.

What could you do this week to get physical and get creative?

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